Policies

The BC Chamber's grassroots policy-development process is second-to-none in British Columbia. Every year, our membership of businesses, Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade develops policies that reflect the on-the-ground needs of B.C. businesses. Through this process, our membership endorses approximately 40 new policies every year at our Annual General Meeting.

The breadth and diversity of our policies reflects our broad-based membership; during any given year, we have policy recommendations for the majority, if not all, of B.C.’s provincial government ministries.

BC Chamber's 2018-19 Policy & Positions Manual

BC Chamber's 2017-18 Policy & Positions Manual Tracker

BC Chamber's 2017-18 Policy & Positions Manual

BC Chamber's 2017-18 Policy & Positions Manual - Government Responses  

BC Chamber's 2016-17 Policy & Positions Manual

BC Chamber's 2016-17 Policy & Positions Manual - Government Responses               

                               

2018
Local & Regional Government
Issue Recognizing that the provincial government has determined that British Columbians should vote, for a third time, on potential changes to the voting system, and that the provincial government has conducted limited consultation regarding this process, the business community does offer the following recommendations.  
2018
Finance & Taxation
The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) was designed to protect farmland; only 5% of BC is in the ALR, and only 1% of all of BC is prime farmland — much of which is close to urban centres. Non-farm residential and non-farm commercial uses are becoming more numerous and take advantage of tax breaks designed to foster farm production without meaningfully contributing to BC’s overall Farm Cash Receipts (FCR). We recommend that property tax benefits for agricultural land be reformed to ensure that the recipients are farmers, not speculators.
2018
Regulation
The BC Agriculture Land Commission (ALC) has a well-developed regulatory framework to serve the purposes of Section 6 of the Agricultural Land Commission Act:   to preserve agricultural land; to encourage farming in collaboration with other communities of interest; and to encourage local governments, First Nations, the government and its agents to enable and accommodate farm use of agricultural land and uses compatible with agriculture (Government of British Columbia, 2014).    
2018
Skills & Training
Post secondary institutions are key economic drivers of the various communities they are in, supporting countless business, both through providing markets for their products and services as well as training the next generation of employees and owners. British Columbia’s universities and colleges (“universities”) have hit a wall with a system of funding that does not adequately support today’s modern university mandates. It is time for an update of the provincial government’s funding formula to enhance the continued growth of our post-secondary institutions by revisiting all aspects of the funding formula.
2018
Skills & Training
Skilled tradespeople are vital to supporting industries that drive Canada's economy. Strong economic growth in areas such as construction and natural resources, combined with an aging workforce, have contributed to increased demand for skilled tradespeople in Canada. Registration in apprenticeship programs has been increasing steadily over the last few years, but the growth in the number of completions has not kept pace. In addition, the breaking up of certain trades training into modules with certificates for each module has created a workforce that is not fully trained even though certificate holders may be satisfied with reaching a lower level of competency. Businesses utilizing skilled tradespeople need the assurance that they are hiring well-qualified workers in order that they can compete on a variety of projects and that they can compete on the quality of workmanship as part of their value proposition. 
2018
Finance & Taxation
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce recognizes the severity of the pension reform issue in Canada and at its 2010 AGM adopted a policy entitled, “The Base Principals of Pension Reform.” There looms a pension crisis for Canadians in the near future. The federal government will be unable to fund the pension requirements of the baby boomer retirees let alone the requirements of subsequent generations. 
2018
Finance & Taxation
Cross-border shopping in the United States was an estimated $4.7 billion in 2006.  Since then, annual increases have taken the total to $8.0 billion in 2012, 72% higher than 2006.[1] The impact on BC retailers, particularly in border towns, is costing the economy billions of dollars which could be minimized if duties were enforced at the border.
2018
Transportation & Infrastructure
The Canadian business community supports the Pre-Clearance Agreement but does not support the arbitrary implementation of laws or regulations by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (US-CBP) that can be imposed without being subject to an appropriate review and appeal process. As an example, application of the U.S.
2018
Healthy Communities
National Aboriginal Day was first introduced and proclaimed in 1996 by the Governor General of Canada. June 21st is the day officially recognized as National Aboriginal Day. While celebrated in various activities around the country, the day wasn't celebrated as an official statutory holiday anywhere in Canada until 2001, when the Northwest Territories became the first to recognize the day as a formal territorial statutory holiday.

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